Two individuals arrested following the shooting death of a child near a Bartow County campground site on Saturday have now been charged with murder.
Kimberly Anne Roberts, 47, and James Phillip Lillie, 50, were taken into custody in the early hours of Sunday morning. The two were initially charged with receipt, possession or transfer of a firearm by a convicted felon or felony first offender and misdemeanor reckless conduct; both Roberts and Lillie were later charged with felony involuntary manslaughter.
“The facts of the investigation have not changed, however, with Lillie and Roberts being convicted felons and possessing a firearm which later causes the death of the child led to the application of murder charges under Georgia law,” Bartow County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) public information officer Sgt. Jonathan White stated in a media release issued Wednesday afternoon.
At this point, White told The Daily Tribune News the agency is not publicizing the name or age of the deceased child.
A BCSO media release on Sunday indicated the child “apparently shot herself playing with a pistol,” adding that Roberts is the victim’s grandmother.
White said he could not discuss BCSO investigation findings that led to the additional murder charges.
“We wouldn’t release that, any of that information right now, pending the trial,” he said.
White said he does not expect Roberts or Lillie to face any additional charges.
“I hate to say that there’s not going to be any, but not that I anticipate at this time,” he added.
Nor did White say he anticipates any other individuals to face charges in connection with the child’s death.
BCSO records indicate Lillie, of Cartersville, was released from pretrial detention on an $8,500 bond on Tuesday afternoon. Agency data indicates he was taken into custody at the Bartow County Jail again on Wednesday around 1 p.m.
Roberts, who is listed as homeless in BCSO records, has remained in pretrial detention since May 17.